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Toyota announces second phase of airbag recall

More than 40 million vehicles have been recalled in Montana and around the country in recent years because of potentially deadly problems with airbags supplied by the Japanese parts manufacturer Takata. Toyota initially addressed the issue by replacing faulty Takata airbags in more than 900,000 Lexus, Scion and Toyota models with new Takata airbags. The carmaker has now announced that it is ready to implement the second phase of its airbag remedy by replacing the new Takata airbags with airbags supplied by a different vendor.

Toyota says that it will begin sending recall notices to about 928,000 vehicle owners in mid-December. Dealer personnel will inspect the vehicles and then replace either the airbag inflator or the entire airbag assembly at no charge. The carmaker says that it will complete the work ahead of a schedule laid down by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The recall covers the driver and front passenger airbags in vehicles manufactured between 2003 and 2016.

NHTSA took action when it discovered that long-term exposure to humidity and heat could cause Takata airbags to explode on deployment. Drivers and passengers have been seriously injured or killed by flying debris when the Takata airbags in their vehicles deployed. Concerned consumers can visit the NHTSA website to find out if their vehicle is equipped with faulty Takata airbags.

Product manufacturers are expected to recall potentially dangerous products in a timely manner, and they can face civil sanctions when their failure to act causes injury, loss or damage. Personal injury attorneys with experience in product liability matters may seek to hold negligent manufacturers financially responsible for their actions, and the lawsuits they file on behalf of injured consumers could include claims for both compensatory and punitive damages. Juries might award punitive damages in product liability cases to deter other manufacturers from placing the public in danger.

Source: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Takata Recall Spotlight.

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